Muse to Start Recording Next Album in Late 2011

Muse to Start Recording Next Album in Late 2011

Muse fans, fear not: The British arena rockers will start recording their sixth album in London this year. However, it may not see a release date until as late as 2013.

Speaking to BBC 6Music, Muse said the band is having "kind of a year off," with the goal of doing "one or two gigs to keep ourselves still active, and then we probably will start making an album towards the end of the year." Frontman Matt Bellamy said regarding a release date for the follow-up to 2009's "The Resistance," "I'd like 2012 if possible, but 2013 definitely."

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The album's recording in London will mark the first time in 12 years that Muse's three members -- guitarist/vocalist Matt Bellamy, bassist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard -- have lived in the same location.

"We've actually never made a full album here [in London], it'll be nice to all be based in the same place, we can go out and socialize," Bellamy said, adding: "It also means we can make the album over a longer period of time without having to pressurize it into a three-week studio session."

The band, which recently won a Grammy for best rock album for "The Resistance" and performed at the Feb. 13 ceremony, will support U2 on upcoming South American dates. "We're trying to do a couple of gigs every month to keep ourselves fresh and keeps ourselves active, then we probably will start making the album towards the end of the year," Bellamy said.

Muse's most recent album, 2009's "The Resistance," debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has spent 63 weeks on chart, with total sales reaching 644,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.